Conghetti "Mary" Kerschner, 87, of Tiffin, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2013, at St. Francis Home, Tiffin, with family beside her.
She was born May 29, 1926, in Tiffin, to Paul and Antoinette (Perna) Panuto. She married Karl A. Kerschner June 14, 1947, in St. Mary Catholic Church.
She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike (JoElla) Kerschner of Tiffin, Dave (Sharyn) Kerschner of Cranbury, N.J. and Denny (Julie) Kerschner of Tiffin; eight grandchildren, Karl, John, Chris, Kevin, Scott, Matt, Josh and Katie; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Nina Shireman of Lafayette, Ind., Rosemary (Paul "Moe") Creutz of Walbridge and Carmella Hufford of Tiffin; three sisters-in-law, Mary Panuto, Lucille Kerschner and Virginia Kerschner, all of Tiffin; and her dog, Polly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Karl, on July 2, 1997; a 7-year-old son, Karly; three brothers, Joe, John and Dominic Panuto; two sisters-in-law, Jackie and Marge Panuto; a brother-in-law, Jack Hufford; and a grandson, Timothy David Kerschner.
Conghetti was a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church, where she attended Mass daily, and was a 1945 graduate of Tiffin Calvert High School. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and the St. Mary Church Choir, and was a eucharistic minister and lifelong minister to the sick. She taught religion to migrant workers in the area for many years. She loved being a homemaker and was a cafeteria worker for Tiffin City Schools, retiring in 1983.
Karl and Conghetti spent 50 wonderful years together as husband and wife, raising a family and traveling throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, visiting family when they could. Her commitment to God, church and family was a testament to all who knew her.
Friends may visit and share stories with the family from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory. A Christian wake service will be at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. Conghetti will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery following the Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Raise the Roof Campaign, Calvert Catholic Schools or FACT.
The family would like to thank her great-nephew Tony Hufford and Hufford Family Funeral Home for their care and compassion.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.